Agricultural Labourers

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Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer, 1870 - Agricultural laborers - 99 pages

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Page 24 - It is a shameful and unblessed thing to take the scum of people and wicked condemned men, to be the people with whom you plant; and not only so, but it spoileth the plantation ; for they will ever live like rogues, and not fall to work, but be lazy, and do mischief, and spend victuals, and be quickly weary, and then certify over to their country to the discredit of the plantation.
Page 55 - Ye gentle souls, who dream of rural ease, Whom the smooth stream and smoother sonnet please; Go! if the peaceful cot your praises share, Go look within, and ask if peace be there; If peace be his, that drooping weary sire ; Or theirs, that offspring round their feeble fire; Or hers, that matron pale, whose trembling hand Turns on the wretched hearth th
Page 62 - Such is that room which one rude beam divides, And naked rafters form the sloping sides; Where the vile bands that bind the thatch are seen, And lath and mud are all that lie between; Save one dull pane, that, coarsely patched, gives way To the rude tempest, yet excludes the day...
Page 51 - At night returning, every labour sped, He sits him down the monarch of a shed ; Smiles by his cheerful fire, and round surveys His children's looks, that brighten at the blaze ; While his loved partner, boastful of her hoard, Displays her cleanly platter on the board : And haply too some pilgrim, thither led, With many a tale repays the nightly bed.
Page 22 - The condition of the labouring classes of society must evidently depend, partly upon the. rate at which the funds for the maintenance of labour and the demand for labour are increasing ; and partly, on the habits of the people in respect to their food, clothing, and lodging.
Page 51 - Or seeks the den where snow-tracks mark the way, And drags the struggling savage into day. At night returning, every labour sped, He sits him down, the monarch of a shed...
Page 80 - ... the relation of masters and workpeople will be gradually superseded by partnership, in one of two forms: in some cases, association of the labourers with the capitalist; in others, and perhaps finally in all, association of labourers among themselves.
Page 48 - Experience has proved that savages are the tyrants of the female sex, and that the condition of women is usually softened by the refinements of social life.
Page 95 - ... at all badly. The secret of their success is to be found in their mode of doing business, which, in the cases of such as adopt, as most of them do more or less, the pattern of the Rochdale Pioneers, possesses some very decided advantages. They make all their purchases wholesale, and paying always ready money, they are allowed discount on all they buy. Never selling on credit, they have no bad debts. Never permitting any article to be removed from their shops without being replaced by cash, they...
Page 55 - ... at length, When warm'd by health, as serpents in the spring, Aside their slough of indolence they fling. Yet, ere they go, a greater evil comes See! crowded beds in those contiguous rooms; Beds but ill parted, by a paltry screen Of paper'd lath or curtain...

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